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July 2017

Posted Friday, Jul 21, 2017 

The week of June 26th, Carrollton hosted its first coding camp. Girls from grades 4 to 7 used their artistic skills to make some beautiful artwork using JavaScript language and used a 3D modeling program to print 3 dimensional art pieces. Four Carrollton students in 8th and 10th grades helped the girls make sophisticated coded drawings and brought them great perspective about the school. They were also given a tour of our beautiful school including the High School maker space and the Solar Race Car.  Students left having great knowledge of coding using JavaScript, TinkerCad and Scratch.

 Carrollton Coders


Carrollton Coders


Sample Work from Coding Camp


Carrollton Coders touring the Maker Space


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Posted Friday, Jul 21, 2017 

Dear Carrollton Community:

Throughout the summer break, Carrollton has been a beehive of activity. The Barat campus is in full swing as in addition to hosting the Honey Shine and Breakthrough Summer Programs, we have witnessed a breakneck speed of construction on the Convocation Center. The Duchesne Campus has hosted a variety of summer camps and programs, as well as the beginning of the construction of an outdoor classroom area. Upon your return from vacation, you will see transformation on both campuses. I would like to share with you some of what has taken place, and what needed to happen to get to this point.

On the Barat campus, in order to give access for the tie-in and new roof of the Barry Building and the Convocation Center, traffic on the north side of the Barry Building was blocked off. The drive up to El Jardin was made into a 2-way road. We are proud to say that Carrollton staffers, delivery services and our Summer Program guests adapted beautifully. That said, you can look forward to the regular traffic pattern when you arrive back.

 North side of Barry Building

  Truck exiting on 2-way road

The outside walls of the Convocation Center have been painted which help to visualize its interior completion. FPL is installing new underground feeds, and the infrastructure for the AV and lighting is in place. The new campus exit has been built as well as the rock wall on which Carrollton’s new sign on Main Highway will be placed.

 Entrance to Convocation Center

 Atrium Gallery


The building contractor and crew are working hard and on pace with the expected timeline. I am reassured that our completion date remains on target.


On other parts of the campus, activity is proceeding just as diligently. In addition to the new roof, on the interior of the Barry Building, the electrical, air conditioning and sprinkler systems are all being retro-fitted as part of the comprehensive interconnection with the Convocation Center.


The Technology office is being redesigned to create a collaborative space where technological support is more readily accessible for faculty members and students to work together on tech assisted projects. A 21st century educational environment should facilitate the ability and creativity of the participants. Technology is not just a place to fix your equipment. At Carrollton, technology is also a place to explore boundaries.

 Barry Building Hallways  

 Technology Office remodeling

On the restoration front, both historic fountains in El Jardin are being refurbished and repaired with painstaking care by the artisans of International Fine Arts Conservation Studios (IFACS). While they are in residence, IFACS is also restoring the frieze underneath the eaves surrounding the building, and working other assorted restoration upkeep. Our own Maintenance team has undertaken the repair and restoration of the Gatehouse windows. Lastly, the beautiful athletic field has been re-sodded and irrigation added to provide our students with an optimum surface for sports.

The most exciting project in Duchesne Campus is the upcoming new outdoor classroom for the Montessori and Primary facilitated through the generous donation of two Sacred Heart families. Nestled within the boundaries of the Montessori playground and the Duchesne oak tree, its development required the relocation of the maintenance sheds by the 1916 original round stone tower. This area will be for discovery and learning through the use of the space and the apparatus that is being installed. Surrounded by natural plants and trees that will include butterfly sanctuaries are areas for building, music, art, a stage, climbing, water and sand, all with a plethora of things with which to learn and develop powers of observation, creativity, wonder and self-reliance.

Carrollton this summer has continued to grow and develop. We have played, prayed, read, relaxed, and re-created. I encourage you to do the same as you enjoy these days of summer!

With blessings,



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Posted Friday, Jul 7, 2017 

The 75 members of the Class of 2017, together with family, friends, faculty and staff, gathered Wednesday evening, June 7th, to participate in the essential rite of passage that is the Carrollton High School graduation. This ceremony of commencement is unique among independent schools - celebrated within the Liturgy of the Eucharist, located in a religious setting, and marked by the very absence of the cap and gown traditional to other institutions. As the graduating seniors entered St. Hugh Catholic Church dressed in long white gowns and each one carrying a bouquet of long stemmed red roses, they personalized the very essence of a woman of the Sacred Heart – women of courage, confidence and compassion making their way to their lives’ next chapter. If you did not have a chance to view the live-streamed ceremony, you are encouraged to watch this beautiful ceremony.

The Class of 2017 is a gifted group of young women. 95% of the class was awarded money towards their education, and 83% of these students received more than one award adding to a total of 15 million dollars over the next 4 years.

More than one student was accepted to half of the Ivy Leagues as well as to the top 10 national universities. More than one student was accepted to 3 of the top national public universities, and 2 of the top national liberal arts colleges in the country.

In addition, 2 students were named Stamp Scholars, a scholarship which includes tuition, room and board, as well as, additional money for study abroad or research, 1 student was named a Hamilton College Posse Scholar, receiving full tuition, and 1 student received the ISSF Marian C. Krutulis Scholarship which recognizes excellence in academics, dedication and effort, leadership and outstanding community service.

The entire 2017 class participated in International Baccalaureate coursework and are IB diploma and certificate candidates, having completed 150 hours of extra-curricular activities, and Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge course.

Carrollton honored 4 Silver Knight Award nominees in each of the categories of General Scholarship, Journalism, Speech, and Social Studies.

The Class of 2017 had 2 National Merit Finalists and 1 Congressional Medal of Merit, presented to a graduating student who displays exemplary citizenship and academic excellence.

40 (53%) students receive the Presidential Educational Excellence Award. This award recognizes and honors outstanding educational achievement. Students must have earned a minimum un-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.5 and achieved at the 85th percentile or higher on their college admissions examination in reading and math.

We congratulate each graduate of this very talented Class of 2017 and wish them every blessing as we remind them of the importance of the relationships that bind them. To paraphrase Head Master Olen Kalkus in his farewell speech to the Class of 2017, take care of and develop your relationship with God, your relationship with ideas, your relationship to those in need, your relationship to those you are close to, and your relationship to yourself. “For, it is in relationships that you will define, develop, and influence yourself, others, and the future.”

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